'Miracle on 136th Street' Holiday Parade

  • The 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade gets underway on puddled streets, but with the sun making an appearance on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. Rain delayed the start of the free event, but did not keep away spectators. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Members of Caporales Dance from Bolivia bring grace and color to the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • As their daughters' Girl Scout Troop 474 moves past, Maria Olmeda, left center, Guerda Nicolas, and Jackie Ojeda shout cheers of approval, during the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The free event was at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A revue from the Fired Up Dance Studio entertains the crowd during the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Parade watchers are in bright spirits as Santa's float -- with elves from SimpCity Dance Studio in Miami -- pass by during the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade. It was Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ron Magill, Zoo Miami communications director and zoo goodwill ambassador, holds a feathered friend as they ride in a convertible in the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Students from the Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center in Miami dazzle the crowd with their outfits representing a spectrum of countries, as they walk in the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The free event was at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Amanele Garcia, left, Nicole Colorado, and Reina Encio sport Santa caps and mermaid tails for riding in the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Halley Larson, 9, left, and Ashley Tolley, 8, both of Miami, share a conversation as they ride in the Mrs. Fields float during the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade. The event was Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • People walk along with Santa's float (and elves from SimpCity Dance Studio in Miami) at the finish of the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade. It was Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Actress and singer Stefanie Scott, well known for her role on Disney Channel's A.N.T. Farm, is the Grand Marshal of the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade. The free event was Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Major Jesus Santos carries a positive sign (the other side is in Spanish) as he walks with the Salvation Army Miami Dade, fellow church members and youngsters in the Salvation Army music program. They were more than 80 participating groups in the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Soleil Apollon, 6, center, spreads pre-holiday cheer as she walks with fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 203 (she's a Daisy) in the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Students from Santa Fe Advantage Academy in Kendall carry a space rockets theme for the 17th Annual "Miracle on 136th Street" Holiday Parade, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St., Miami. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF